Valspar Championship Update

Jordon Spieth PGAJordan Spieth again? Just another young player winning his second PGA tournament. Is this going to be the norm? If so, we might run out of young players before the season ends. Then again, it’s great to see this trend of young quality players contending each week.

I know. Some of the veteran players are performing well also. But look at the possible reasons these young guns are beginning to be a threat; competition at the college level, Web.com tour and equipment. Although these are legitimate reasons, I believe the key reason is their short games.

If we look at the strokes gained from the short game for these youngsters, we find the real reason. We all know and have been taught, ‘short game wins tournaments.’ These guys are proving this to be true.

Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses)
Golfer Total Drive Appr Short Putt
Jordan Spieth 3.2 (1) 0.2 (32) 0.6 (28) 1.7 (1) 0.8 (25)
Sean O’Hair 3.2 (T2) -0.1 (51) 1.3 (8) 0.0 (43) 2.0 (2)
Patrick Reed 3.2 (T2) 0.1 (35) 0.0 (46) 1.3 (3) 1.8 (3)
Henrik Stenson 3.0 (4) -0.2 (56) 1.3 (7) 0.2 (31) 1.7 (5)
Ryan Moore 2.7 (5) 0.4 (12) 1.6 (1) 0.3 (21) 0.5 (33)
Troy Merritt 2.2 (6) -0.2 (55) 1.3 (6) -0.6 (68) 1.8 (4)
Jason Kokrak 2.0 (T7) 0.1 (38) 1.5 (2) 0.2 (26) 0.1 (43)
Luke Guthrie 2.0 (T7) -0.6 (68) 1.3 (5) -0.1 (50) 1.4 (11)
Danny Lee 2.0 (T7) -0.6 (67) 1.3 (9) 0.2 (28) 1.1 (17)
Top 9 average 2.6 -0.1 1.1 0.3 1.2
Fraction of total 100% -4% 43% 13% 47%

 

  Strokes gained per round (ranks in parentheses) Rank
Jordan Spieth Total Drive Appr Short Putt out of
2015 Season 2.3 (2) 0.4 (30) 0.5 (34) 0.8 (4) 0.6 (16) 190
Valspar Championship 3.2 (1) 0.2 (32) 0.6 (28) 1.7 (1) 0.8 (25) 71
Round 1 1.3 (46) -1.0 (130) 2.4 (14) 0.7 (28) -0.8 (101) 144
Round 2 5.9 (2) 1.5 (2) -0.2 (79) 3.4 (2) 1.2 (42) 144
Round 3 4.1 (5) 1.0 (6) 0.4 (6) 1.1 (9) 1.6 (13) 71
Round 4 1.6 (22) -0.8 (64) -0.3 (38) 1.5 (4) 1.2 (18) 71

 

Let’s see if this holds true at Bay Hill, one of the toughest tracks on the Florida run. I hate to say it but the reason ‘Tiger’ (one of the main reasons) was such a game changer: short game. Long off the tee but could scramble better than anyone in the field.

A congratulation goes out to J.P. for his second win on the PGA Tour. The quality of these young stars is great for the game. It’s the same reason I don’t see Tiger winning another major: too many good players and without intimidation.

 

Information and charting courtesy PGATour.com

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